If there’s no future for Guiding Light, fans can still catch Emmy winner Crystal Chappell as she finds another home on NBC. TV Guide Magazine reports that the 43-year-old actress has signed on to rejoin the cast of Days of our Lives to reprise her role as Dr. Carly Manning Alamain.
Dr. Carly Manning Alamain, who appeared on the show from June 1990 to October 1993, was considered front-burner for most of Chappell’s time on Days of our Lives. She was featured in a romantic plot with lead character Bo Brady (Peter Reckell, Robert Kelker-Kelly), and in a complicated Byzantine storyline that featured her unknown secret identity as a European blueblood. Her story wrapped up in a controversial plot that had Carly buried alive by Vivian (Louise Sorel). Consequently, Chappell left after difficult contact negotiations and differences with head writer James E. Reilly.
Chappell, who has won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2002 and has been nominated four additional times, is still involved in the very popular Otalia storyline on Guiding Light as the late-in-life-lesbian Olivia Spencer. She’ll begin taping in September (when Guiding Light is finished wrapping up) and will be making her Days of our Lives debut in October.
“I have no idea,” Chappell told TV Guide Magazine of what’s in store for her on Days. “I have no idea about anything except that I’m going back. It’s been 16 years since I played Carly and she is probably a very different person now. It’s an opportunity to go back and reestablish something, and at the same time reinvent it.”
Meanwhile, Chappell’s family is very excited for her Days of our Lives gig. After all, this is where Chappell met future husband Michael Sabatino, who played villain Lawrence Alamain.
“They’re very excited,” Chappell said of her two sons Jacob and Dylan. “It’s the show where their mommy and daddy met.”
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TV Guide Magazine
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